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Bear Canyon Trail #125
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2022-07-03  
2012-06-08  
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Bear Canyon Trail #125Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking5.70 Miles 2,185 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles
2,185 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I checked out HAZ before heading on this trail and was surprised at a lack of recent trail reports - so here's mine!

It was 4th of July weekend and though the monsoons had been teasing us for weeks, we were still high and dry in downtown Tucson, so we decided to go chasing some storms in the place of thunder. We weren't disappointed! We encountered thunder and rain each afternoon, and every creek in the area was happily flowing.

To get a break from sitting in camp and dissing the city life (truly one of my favorite pastimes), I took a walk up to check out access to the AZT via Bear Canyon. I saw only one other group hiking - a father and son who seemed to think my goal of reaching the top was a bit ambitious. I encountered several piles of debris left by immigrants - it all looked as though it was less than a week old and probably from the same group. I carried out what I could - but only downhill. I spend enough time lugging heavy tools up trails, I was going to make this easy on myself!

There wasn't any big story or highlight to the trip. I walked over the carpet of oak leaves, almost always in the shade. I enjoyed the solitude, the birds and the deafening call of the cicadas. When I reached Bear Saddle, my plan was to head northbound on the AZT for a few miles and make a bigger trip out of it - but the namesake rumble of thunder warned me off. Once I could ignore, twice even - but when it rumbles consistently through your whole lunch break, it's time to head back down hill.

Road was in very good shape - totally passable to most passenger cars. There was one tricky bit near the turnoff from Montezuma Canyon Rd, but if you're careful you can do it. Trail was clear of deadfall (almost) and pretty easy to follow. In a few spots infrequent use and a heavy carpet of leaves made it a little slippery - but patience and a good eye will win out. The steam was not flowing at the base near the trailhead, but was turned on up higher for long stretches. The deep pools near Charlene Well were particularly tempting had it not been chasing me down with threats of rain.

I was back to camp by 2pm, just ahead of a much larger storm. We were set up one-canyon-over, so we only got the edges of it, but I'm sure that my footprints were washed away at the base of the Huachuca Mountains that afternoon!
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 Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Ramsey Peak

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bear Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
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